Alana Niehoff

Alana Niehoff is a native of Aurora, Colorado. Alana was trained and tested in the Royal Academy of Dance, Cecchetti and Vaganova ballet techniques. in 1998, at the age of 15, she was one of four Americans chosen to compete at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland. 

Alana was invited by Wes Chapman to join the Alabama Ballet where she performed solist and principal roles. Following her time in Alabama, she was selected by John Meehan to join the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in New York City. While there, she performed with the main company during their Metropolitan Opera season. 

Niehoff continued to become one of the world famous Radio City Rockettes and performed with the company for 11 years. As a Rockette, she appeared on various national television shows and was featured in Dance Spirit magazine. Additionally Niehoff performed with Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet in Colorado and alongside stars such as Liza Minnelli, Richard Simmons, Tim Gunn, Jane Lynch and the cast of Ugly Betty. She received acting training at T. Schreiber and at William Esper Studios, and appeared in the world premier of Maury Yeston's Hans Christerian Anderson with Maine State Music Theatre.

In 2013, Alana became an instructor for the UNCSA Preparatory Dance Program and in 2014 was promoted to Associate Director. During her four years with the program she codified a curriculum for all ballet technique and jazz levels, helped develop a performance season with eight different productions, and created a financial aid scholarship system to ensure students would not be turned away due to lack of funds. 

As an instructor and choreographers, she has taught and choreographed for CPYB, UNCSA, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Alabama Ballet, and the Radio City Rockette Experience.